Battle for QC throne: Master Belmonte vs protégé Suntay
House Speaker and Quezon City (4th District) Rep. Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr. is being challenged by his protégé – City Council Majority Floor Leader Jesus Manuel “Bong” Suntay in the congressional race next year.
The fourth district congressional contest has Belmonte, Suntay and lesser known hopefuls Hadja Aquino and Albert Palacios.
Suntay, a third term city councilor, was not prevented by several meetings with Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte from going against the Belmonte political patriarch.
In the 2013 polls Speaker Belmonte won by a landslide with 96,682 votes against the 9,762 votes of his opponent – Albert Hans Palacio.
Apparently, Suntay has broken ties with his political benefactor with an ominous loss coming for him in 2016.
Hayahay ang Buhay: walang lumaban
Elsewhere in the city, Second District Rep. Winston Castelo is sure to get his third term while Fifth District Rep. Alfred Vargas will get his second as both are running unopposed.
Rep. Castelo routed former Cong. Ismael “Chuck” Mathay III while Rep. Vargas defeated three opponents that included former lawmakers Mary Ann Susano and Dante Liban in the 2013 elections.
May lumaban pa
In the First District, incumbent Rep. Francisco Calalay will be challenged by former Rep. Vincent Crisologo.
Rep. Calalay won the 2013 race against Crisologo’s wife Rita by more than 5000 votes.
Unknowns go up against incumbent lawmakers as Third District, Rep. Jorge “Bolet” Banal Jr. is being challenged by Maria Victoria Espiritu while Sixth District Rep. Kit Belmonte is up against Jeffrey Hermoso.
It must be noted that all incumbent congressmen of Quezon City are members of the Liberal Party (LP).